28 June 2010

Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Saturday we took a little break from apartment hunting to go to the zoo with our friends Gary, Julie & their son, Matthew.  I'd been wanting to take the kids since before we got to Madrid after looking it up online.

Gary & Julie invited us to go and we gladly accepted!  We went ahead and purchased annual passes.  We know it will be something we will do often.  Plus there is so much to see and do from dolphin shows to bird shows plus an aquarium.  It will keep us busy this next year!
Julie met us at the metro stop to take us to the zoo, because this is how you get to the zoo.

No signs, no major path.  Just trees and dirt paths to the zoo, in the middle of Madrid, a city of 6 million people!  We even had locals stop and ask us on our way home if the zoo was in this direction.  Cracked us up!
Our first stop was to get our annual passes.

Then we headed to the dolphin show.


I just LOVE dolphins!!  So much so that I get teary eyed watching them and would love nothing more than to hop in the water and play with them myself!  One of these days I'd love to swim with dolphins! 
We looked around at a few more of our favorites,

then headed to a bird show.  I would have rather gone to see the seals, but Karis really wanted to see the birds.  Which ended up being a great show as well.  There were all kinds of birds that would swoop down over the audience to various locations around the arena doing tricks, catching food in their mouths or talons.
I don't think we saw half the zoo and we were exhausted! It was a great day!

18 June 2010

Three Days & Spanish visas!!

As I sit here and type I have movers buzzing all around me with the sounds of wrapping and taping!
It's nice not to have to do all that packing by myself!!  Whew!

We just got word this morning, right before the movers came, that Jerry's Spanish visa is approved!!  We are ecstatic!!  Mine and the kids should follow soon.  It seems to be custom for the husbands to come first and the wife & kid's visas to come about a month later.
So, we will board a plane on Monday and then have to mail Jerry's passport back to Prague soon thereafter for our helper to go get his visa.

Even though we have been anticipating this move for over a year it is also bittersweet to have to leave so many good friends and team mates.  So much has happened to us here.

At the same time we look forward to this next phase in our family's life and what the Lord has in store for us.

Once we get settled I hope to be back to blogging more frequently.  Until then....



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